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Black Prince taking to Tawe again from March

A COMMUNITY boat that runs trips up and down the city's historic River Tawe will take to the water once again from March.

image depicting Black Prince

The Black Prince, which runs tours for members of the public from Swansea Marina to the Morfa bascule bridge by the Liberty Stadium, is soon back in the city after undertaking an annual inspection in Banbury.

The boat first started taking people on tours in late 2011. Figures show it welcomed 8,000 people in 2012.

The tour takes about two hours and includes highlights like the old Cambrian Pottery works, the White Rock and the former Hafod Copperworks site. Otters, herons and kingfishers are among the wildlife people on board could see.

The wide-beam river boat has a capacity for 45 people and is available for group tours. It can be also be used as a floating classroom for schools and community use.

Support for the project has come from Swansea Council, the European Development Fund through the Welsh Government, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and the Environment Agency.

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "The community boat was a tremendous success story during its first year of operation. The number of people to have enjoyed trips on the boat along the River Tawe is indicative of the scheme's popularity.

"The River Tawe enjoys a rich and fascinating history. The re-launch of the Black Prince for 2013 also coincides with the start of works to breathe new life into the historic Hafod Copperworks site. Heritage tourism is massively popular across the UK and schemes like these show we're determined to tap into the level of demand here in Swansea by making the most of our historic landmarks."

Charles White, Chair of the Swansea Community Boat Trust, said: "Last year was a great time for the Black Prince and we're hugely grateful for the ongoing support from Swansea Council, other funders, ABP and companies like Interserve and RWE Renewables. The boat will soon arrive back in Swansea in readiness for many more trips this year."

When it's in Swansea, the Black Prince is moored close to the National Waterfront Museum alongside the red Helwick Lightship.

Have a look at http://scbt.org.uk/ for more information.


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